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VOLUME 59, NUMBER 13

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DAZZLING 2,400 SF, 2BR/2.5BA DUPLEX at Georgetown Waterfront. Marble baths, LR w/ fpl. Kitchen w/granite counters & custom built-ins, 2 Miele dishwashers. Good storage. 2 balconies, roof-top pool. Concierge. LIVE IN LUXURY-INCREDIBLE PRICE!! Georgetown 202-944-8400

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1.-2., Performers from the farthest reaches of the earth assembled at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on March 21 for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's production of “Dragons,” to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. The circus moves on to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena on March 27 through April 7 and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, April 10 through 21. (1.) Frances Tiffin, the clown (2.) Courageous lion tamer Alexander Lacy 3. Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was a popular speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on March 16. From the podium she takes a sip from a Big Gulp, mocking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to curb consumption of soft drinks. 4. Mitt Romney speaks at CPAC on March 15. It was his first public appearance since losing the 2012 presidential election to President Barack Obama. 5. Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus parade past the U.S. Capitol to promote the show coming to town, on the evening of March 19. 6. The Shizumi Kodomo Dance Troupe of Washington, D.C., performs during National Cherry Blossom Family Days at the National Building Museum on March 23.

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ANN ATKINS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

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We Will Survive Cancer recently hosted Ann Atkins, author of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery” at a sell-out Women’s History Month Lunch and Learn fundraiser at the National Press Club, sponsored by Howard Fletcher and TTR-Sotheby’s.

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Ambassador of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak and their guests festively celebrated Russian New Year (Maslenitsa) in the embassy’s grand ballroom on March 15.

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CALENDAR

Gala Guide for Spring 2013 BY M ARY B IRD

Spring has sprung, although it may not have been clear to those who looked out their windows on Monday morning to see snow topped trees in early blossom. There will be no end of festivities in coming months. The nation’s capital offers treats for all—the Opera Ball, the Washington Ballet’s Hemingway in Paris Ball, Washington Performing Arts Society Annual Gala, Corcoran Ball, National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala and Phillips Collection Annual Gala are high on social lists. Theatergoers have the Helen Hayes Awards, Folger Gala, and Will on the Hall. Foodies can delight in Taste of the Nation, March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, Taste of Georgetown and RAMMY Awards Gala. Dog lovers and treasured pets can strut their stuff at Fashion for Paws and the Bark Ball. Cats tend to shun the social scene.

APRIL 2

Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards Join Vital Voices to celebrate 12 years of honoring extraordinary women leaders working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights around the world. Kennedy Center. For more information, call (202) 636-8743 or visit www.vitalvoices.org.

APRIL 6

Washington National Opera’s Annual Opera Ball This prestigious black-tie celebration begins with intimate, pre-Ball dinners hosted by ambassadors at their elegant residences and embassies. The Ball continues at Villa Firenze under the patronage of the Ambassador of Italy and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero. Guests will be treated to an evening of dessert, dancing and opera performances. For more information, call (202) 416-8496. James Renwick Gala This celebratory night during the Spring Craft Weekend will feature dinner, auctions and the presentation of the One-of-a-Kind Award to Elmerina and Paul Parkman. The Willard Hotel. For more information, call (301) 907-3888 or visit www.jra.org.

APRIL 8

The 29th Helen Hayes Awards One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards recognize and celebrate artistic achievement and bring significant local, national and international recognition to the remarkable artistry on Washington area. The Warner Theatre, The J.W. Marriott. For more information, call (202) 337-4572 or visit www.theatrewashington.org. Taste of the Nation Top local chefs, restaurants and mixologists come together to raise funds to ensure that no child goes hungry. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 675-0377 or visit www.lgwdc.org.

APRIL 10

N Street Village Gala The award-winning social services agency that provides shelter and support to homeless and low-income women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will host its annual gala to honor the clients, volunteers and supporters of the organization. The Ritz-Carlton, West End, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nstreetvillage.org.

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Sitar Arts Center “Paint the Town” is the theme of this year’s gala to support high-quality arts education to families

lacking these opportunities. Cocktail reception and special musical performance from Origem. Mexican Cultural Institute. Please call (202) 797-2145 or visit www.sitarartscenter.org Folger Gala This event pays tribute to the Bard and his timeless plays. The evening includes cocktails, a performance in the Elizabethan Theatre and a seated dinner in the reading rooms. Folger Shakespeare Library. Please call (202) 675-0377 or visit www.folger.edu/

APRIL 12

A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball The Washington Ballet’s Gala, a highlight of Washington’s social season, raises funds to support TWB’s community engagement and education activities, such as the DCPS in-school residency DanceDC, and the groundbreaking programs at THEARC in Anacostia. The Library of Congress Jefferson Building. Call (202) 3623606 or visit www.washingtonballet.org.

APRIL 13

Fashion for Paws The Fashion for Paws Runway Show features local personalities as the models, many accompanied by fashionably dressed canines, to benefit the Washington Humane Society, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the nation. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 7235730 or visit www.fashionforpaws.org. Washington Performing Arts Society Annual Gala & Auction A highlight of the spring gala season, the WPAS Gala raises funds to support the organization’s main stage and education programs. The evening features an auction, dinner, dancing and a headlining performance. The Ritz-Carlton Washington. For more information, call (202) 533-1891 or visit www.wpas.org.

APRIL 16

“For the Love of Sight” Visionary Awards Dinner The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sight-saving retinal research, will honor former Ambassador Tom Korologos and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin Korologos with its Visionary Award. The Ritz-Carlton, West End, Washington, D.C. For more information, call (240) 4230643 or visit www.fightblindness.org.

APRIL 17

March of Dimes Gourmet Gala The Gourmet Gala is a fundraising dinner where Members of Congress and other Washington notables participate in a competitive cook-off to support the March of Dimes. National Building

Museum. For more information, call (703) 6371334 or visit www.marchofdimes.com.

APRIL 19

58th Annual Corcoran Ball A highlight in Washington’s spring philanthropic calendar, the black-tie benefit features uniquely decorated formal dining rooms within the Corcoran’s historic galleries, among priceless works of art. Club Corcoran is a special late-night option for the junior set. Corcoran Gallery of Art. For more information, call (301) 951-3780 or visit www.corcoran.org/ball.

APRIL 20

Spring Gala at the Strathmore Michael Feinstein will headline Strathmore’s 2013 Spring Gala. This magical night helps support Strathmore’s education and artistic programming, master classes, Artist in Residence programs, free community events and festivals. Strathmore. For more information, call (301) 581-5135 or visit www.strathmore.org.

APRIL 24

Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit Meet the artists whose skill and passion have created exceptional American works of art and preview the prestigious juried show before it opens to the public. Produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, all proceeds support the Smithsonian. National Building Museum. For more information, call (202) 633-5006 or visit www.smithsoniancraftshow.org.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala The spring gala is the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising event. Proceeds support the exhibitions and programs that make the National Museum of Women in the Arts the leading museum dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. National Museum of Women in the Arts. For more information, call (202) 266-2815 or visit www.nmwa.org.

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A Second Chance for Survivors of Domestic Violence BY GWEN D OLYN SH EARMAN econd Chance Employment Services, the nation’s first and only nonprofit dedicated to comprehensive employment-placement services for victims of domestic violence, just received recognition in the form of a provision included in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For the first time since the passage of the VAWA in 1994, a provision included in Section 602 of the bill (S. 47) now allows “employment counseling, occupational training, job retention counseling, and counseling on re-entry into the workforce,” eligible for federal grant funding. SCES’s founder and president, Dr. Ludy Green, sees the new language as a step forward for women. “Employment is a key tool to end domestic violence,” said Green. “Before it wasn’t considered something that women could use. Women can become financially independent -- they don’t have to depend on welfare or their abuser.” Victims of domestic violence are a diverse group, including the well educated. Green describes one of her favorite success stories of a woman, Betty, who obtained a master’s degree from Columbia University before finding herself in an abusive marriage. When the family relocated to a new city and Betty became a stay-at-home mom, the abuse escalated. After her husband came close to injuring their 3-year-old son, Betty ran away from the relationship and found herself in need of a job but lacking the means to reenter the workforce, despite her education. While staying in a temporary shelter in northern Virginia, she was referred to Second Chance. “She was a great American woman, bilingual and talented. We gave her an opportunity to work in our offices and from there she started interviewing at non-profits and landed a development position. She’s since been promoted there,“ said Green.

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Green created SCES in September 2001, using her 20-year experience in human resource management, and since then Second Chance has placed 875 at-risk women in meaningful employment.The nonprofit provides training such as interview preparation and resume creation. In addition to job placement, SCES has served 3125 in the D.C. metro area with rehabilitation services including transportation, medical and mental health services, housing, clothing, and child care services. “When women come from an abusive situation they need a holistic approach. We don’t burden them with questions; we ask them what we can do for them,” said Green. Since the renewal of the VAWA, the next step for Second Chance is national expansion. Currently serving seven cities in the area, Green and her team hope to expand to 52 cities across the United States through a partnership with corporate sponsor, Manpower. “Women need jobs as a tool to be self sufficient and take care of their families,” said Green. Second Chance Employment Services will hold its annual gala in September at the French Embassy. For more information on Second Chance or to get involved, visit www.scesnet.org GMG, INC. March 27, 2013

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Parables, Poetry and Czardas The program is an eclectic mix of works that, as the title of the program suggests, will include the telling of stories through music, the conjuring up of poetic images through sound and the call to dance through infectious rhythms. Music by Paule Maurice, Cécile Chaminade, Larry Alan Smith, Vincent Persichetti and Pedro Iturralde. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and close promptly at 7 p.m. Visit www.iicwashington.esteri.it for more information. Embassy of Italy – Auditorium, 3000 Whitehaven St., NW

Drink the District: Wine Edition at Yards Drink the District: Wine Edition is a celebration of the world’s favorite fermented drinks at Yards Park on April 6 beginning at noon. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings and full pours of more than 100 wines with access to games, food trucks and and plenty of likeminded wine lovers on site. Tickets can be purchased now for $30 or $50 at the door; regular, $39. For more information, call (304) 280-6530 or visit www.drinkthedistrict.com. East Lawn at Yards Park, 355 Water St., SE. jake@drinkthedistrict.com -- 304-280-6530.

APRIL 6

‘Marina,’ a Spanish Romantic Opera by Emilio Arrieta Award-winning tenor Javier Bernardo of Chicago Lyric Opera stars in Emilio Arrieta’s 1887 opera “Marina” on April 6 at 8 p.m., staged by Teatro Lirico of D.C. Set in a Mediterranean fishing village, the composer’s grand tale of true love between an orphan girl and a ship’s captain much delayed by misunderstanding is one of the most beloved bel canto works of the canon. Sung in Spanish, with English supertitles, “Marina” also features baritone Jose Sacin, soprano Callie Schlegel and the chorus. Tickets are $40 general admission, $25 for seniors, and $23 for students. For more information, call (202) 360-3514 or visit www.teatroliricodc. com. Casa Italiana. 595 1/2 Third Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

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Center Closed (Easter Holiday) Paul Brown, Journalist (Retired), NPR Career in Journalism Susan Orlins, Author “Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others” Anne Speckhard, Georgetown U. Medical Center Psychiatrist and Author “Talking to Terrorists”

Since 1982 The Georgetown Senior Center has provided a home for seniors in and around the Georgetown area to meet three times a week for exercise, a hot lunch, and a variety of stimulating programs. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to become a member, a volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, please call Janice Rahimi at (202) 316-2632. P.O. Box 25800, Washington, DC 20027 The Georgetown Senior Center, founded by Virginia Luce Allen, is a 501c(3) non-profit

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FilmFest D.C. Opening Night Filmfest D.C. is back for its 27th year, running from April 11 through 21, with a fresh new program of more than 80 features, documentaries, and shorts representing the best in new cinema from around the world. Admission for Opening Night is $30. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children. We also have two packages: 10 tickets for $95 and four weekday tickets for $39. Check filmfestdc.org for a full schedule with additional theatre locations and times. For more information, visit filmfestdc.org. Regal Cinema, 701 7th St, NW.★

‘Marina’: a Spanish romantic opera by Emilio Arrieta

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Children will learn the basics of chocolate making and tea etiquette at this festive spring program conducted by a costumed interpreter. What’s more, they will create their own three-dimensional chocolate eggs to take home. Tudor Place 1644 31st St., NW.

APRIL 11

Friends of Book Hill Park Benefit Benefit to celebrate and support the final restoration phase of Book Hill Park’s 1871 cast iron fence on Reservoir Road on April 10 at 6 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the preservation of the park. Individual tickets are $100 tickets for couples $150. For more information, email jasper@ttrsir.com. Home of Cheryl and Mike Naeve, 1692 31st St. NW.

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Upperville Garden Club 50th Anniversary Daffodil Show Enjoy the beauty of hundreds of golden daffodils and join the Upperville Garden Club for tea at its Golden Anniversary show on April 9, beginning at 2 p.m. This is an American Daffodil Society accredited horticulture competition. It also includes beautiful artistic arrangements entered by individuals and various garden clubs. All amateur growers are invited to exhibit and enjoy the competition. The public is invited to enjoy the beauty of the show and join the club for tea. Admission is free. For more information, call (540) 6875229 or email patilu@aol.com. Buchanan Hall, 8549 John Mosby Hwy, Upperville, Va.

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Georgetown BID CEO Joe Sternlieb Sounds Off

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ive months ago, Joe Sternlieb took office as CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District. After some months under his belt, Georgetowner features editor Nico Dodd checks in to see how Sternlieb has adjusted to his new job and what his plans for the future are.

Georgetown 2028 “Our goal is to make sure that the businesses here do better. Better for the retailers on the streets and more customers in the stores spending more money. Better for the office buildings, meaning lower vacancy rate. Greater stability in the tenant base… So, it’s just thinking about making it work for everybody. I’ve embarked on a long-range vision process called Georgetown 2028, which is a 15-year vision process that we’re engaging lots of people on our board of directors, key stakeholders and property owners, people in Georgetown, who aren’t on our board, and CAG, GBA, ANC folks, residential neighbors and city agencies. We’re just ready to kick it off. We’ve been doing focus groups for the past month. We’ve done six or seven focus groups, where we ask people a bunch of different questions. So, to think big about what’s happening here. Asking them what’s great and what works about Georgetown, what doesn’t work at all. What areas are really thriving in Georgetown? What areas really need help? We’re collecting all that information, and we’re going to come back to people with, sort of a heavy lift. We’re doing a task force with 25 to 40 people, that’s going to meet for 33 hours. We have 11 3-hour meetings planned to deal with transportation issues, because that’s the numberone problem everyone talks about.”

Transportation & Parking “Transportation, huge problem. You talk to the merchants, and they say that their customers are always having a hard time finding parking and they’re always getting tickets. They come in to buy $100 worth of stuff, they get a $50 ticket and they’ll never come back. So, the city, they say, is too aggressive. The folks in the ANC say, ‘Look, you’ve got all of these people circling our blocks looking for parking and we want to be able to park in front of our houses.’ You’ve got the parking lot owners and operators, sometimes often not the same people, who are saying we

don’t have enough business to stay open on the weekends. Well, part of it’s because you charge crazy amounts of money, right? They can go to Tysons Corner for nothing, or they can charge you $18 for all-day here. It’s an easy decision, right? So, we’re trying to work with all of these folks, and also with the city. I’ve brought two people on. I’ve been here five months now. The first thing I did was I interviewed everyone on our board. Everyone said transportation. So, the first board meeting we were all at, I said, ‘O.K., this is what you all told me. And transportation’s the number one problem that we have, and this is where we spend our money.’ And I said, ‘We spend $20,000 on transportation.’ We write a check to the D.C. surface transit to market the circulator, and that’s all we spend on transportation. That’s 3 percent of our budget. No, what am I talking about? It’s less than 1 percent of our budget.”

Fashion Night In? “We are trying to decide what to do about Fashion Night Out this year because Conde Naste cancelled it. So, we can’t use that name. They own the brand and the trademark. So we’ve been talking about what we can do to help the Georgetown fashion industry, and what would be clever and what would be Georgetown-centric and maybe not one night, but maybe over the course of a week or two.”

Georgetown BID CEO Joe Sternlieb on the towpath of the C&O Canal in Georgetown. Photo by Nico Dodd.

right, and you play ball, you’ll get to stay there. There’s no nuance in what they do. So, they evict him. It’s crazy.”

Attracting New Businesses to Georgetown “The Georgeotwn BID has not traditionally done much B2B [Business to Business] marketing. A

lot of consumer marketing and advertising that are aimed at the consumer to come to what’s here. What I’ve done is get everyone lined up to get people to reach out to the business community to tell them you need to be here. What we’ve got is we’ve got a great product. And we’ve got to convince people that sometimes it’s worth paying a premium for a better product.”★

The Possibility of a New Boathouse “Georgetown and GW both have the money to build boathouses and get out of Thompson’s and expand their ability. Peter May [Associate Regional Director, National Park Service, National Capital Region] says he’s ‘getting close’ to the Park Service making a decision. It should never take 20 years to decide anything. It’s too long to make a decision. It can take you 20 years to build a Metro system or 20 years to found a country or something, but to make a decisions seems, to me, too long.

Jack’s Boathouse “The Park Service should have gone to him [Jack’s Boathouse owner Paul Simkin] and said to him, ‘We can’t do this the way it is, and we need to figure out something else.’ If it’s done

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At-Large Election Has Heads Spinning Again

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n case you haven’t noticed, there’s an election coming up. It’s yet another special election for the at-large seat vacated by D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson when he became chairman. The election is April 23, the field is large, the turnout is expected to be low, which it shouldn’t be, but probably will be, given the track records of past elections. This particular election, though, has the potential to be a bellwether election for what is a city in a state of flux and change, and surprisingly—given the economies surrounding jurisdictions and across the country—with a robust economy and a substantial budget surplus. It occurs at a time when the major issue still seems to be ethics—past infringements by the likes of former Chairman Kwame Brown and Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., the latter languishing in prison, as well as the recent reprimand of Ward One Councilman Jim Graham, and the continued cloud of the District Attorney Office’s ongoing investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign. Mayor Gray, with a rousing State of the District address, is sounding confident these days, while some challengers are lining up to shoot for his job, notably among them Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, who officially announced that she will run. Oth-

ers—Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells and Ward 2 Council Jack Evans—are said to be exploring (Wells) or not saying no (Evans). The race could be an indication how thing will go in the 2014 mayoral race, and may have a lot to say about where the power is in a shifting and changing city population on issues such as schools, the homeless, what to do with the surplus, statehood, relationships with congress, and affordable housing, as well as crime. The race has attracted some predictable folks—Michael Brown, for instance, after being ousted from his at-large seat in the last special election in which he ran as an independent, is back again, this time as a Democrat, his true calling, we presume, since he started out that way. Anita Bonds, a familiar face and figure as a government official and adviser, for years, working with Mayors Barry and Williams, is holding down the seat as an interim council member and has drawn some advantage of name recognition for that. And back again is Patrick Mara, a Republican and a school board member who was narrowly defeated by Vincent Orange in a previous election.★ The Georgetown Business Association will host an at-large candidates forum at Tony & Joe’s Restaurant, April 1, 6:30 p.m.

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Flowers and a card were placed at the door of Chic in memory of Amir.

Shop Owner Dies Suddenly March 23 A shop owner, known simply as Amir, was found dead in his store, Chic, at 1355 Wisconsin Ave., NW, around 6 p.m., March 23. According to those who knew him, Amir was around 40-years-old with a wife and two children. Metropolitan Police Department officers were on the scene as a small crowd gathered in front on the store Saturday. The MPD said he died a natural death (such a definition can include natural causes and suicide). In deference to Amir’s family, police offered no further details at press time.

16th Amendment Turns 100

BY D AV ID P OS T appy Birthday, dear 16th Amendment. You are now 100 years old. And, what a 100 years it’s been. Before Roe v. Wade, you were aborted twice. During the Civil War, the country needed revenues, so Congress passed the first income tax. Today, war is no reason for a tax, but the Civil War tax expired after ten years, birthing the idea of temporary tax provisions. During the 1800s, government raised revenues from excise taxes and tariffs. In 1894, thinking that those taxes caused inflation, Congress reduced tariffs by adding an income tax. The Supreme Court held that income from property such as rents and dividends could not be taxed while income from labor could be taxed. The entire law was tossed out. Your birth was a long and difficult. In 1909, Republican President Taft proposed amending the constitution to allow an income tax. It took the states four years to ratify the 16th Amendment granting Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the . . . states.” Once born, you grew quickly. That single sen-

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tence of the 16th Amendment has grown to a tax code of five or six million words, most dedicated to defining the word “income.” What counts? What doesn’t? What reduces it? And, at what rate? True to the Supreme Court 125 years ago, the tax code today taxes income from property at a lower rate than income from labor. The tax code is flawed, for sure. It has become a hodgepodge of incentives that encourage certain economic behavior in exchange for lower taxes. The result is that many rich taxpayers pay lower rates than middle and lower class taxpayers. Similarly, many corporations – Exxon, Apple, and GE to name a few – report billions in profits and pay little or no tax in the US. Over the past dozen years ago, Steve Forbes and Herman Cain have run for president proposing a flat tax, while Mitt Romney proposed lower rates. Their fundamental ideas were to eliminate incentives (loopholes) and reduce rates. The idea seems simple, but defining “income” remains exceedingly complex. The best tax is one that neither alters taxpayer behavior nor allows taxpayers to manipulate the tax base. Taxpayers rarely make “what to do” PUBLISHER

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decisions based on sales or consumption taxes or property tax. Sometimes, consumption taxes affect behavior if a lower cost option is easily available. For example, cigarette taxes of $4.25 per pack in New York encourage a black market in Virginia cigarettes with its $0.30 tax. The proposed Fair Tax is a consumption taxbased system. “Fair” is a good marketing word, but it hits lower income taxpayers harder because they spend a higher percentage of their income on consumption – meaning they would pay more tax proportionally – than do higher income taxpayers. Instead of “income,” the code would have to define a “sale?” Would it include the sale of stocks or bonds? A house? Medical services or education? Soon, the Fair Tax would be a few million words long, and have a zillion lobbyists. Taxes are complicated. My daughter is a CPA. She will never starve. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Income Tax. When you blow out the candles on your cake, here’s hoping you don’t get your wish.★

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BY JACK EVANS s we wait for Mayor Gray to transmit his budget proposal to the District Council, I thought it would be a good week to reflect on some things our government is good at versus some areas that need improvement. One area our government is pretty good at is ensuring civil rights for all our citizens. Our Human Rights Act is one of the most expansive in the country. In addition, we have the distinction of being one of the first jurisdictions to legalize marriage equality. I remember clearly the introduction of our marriage equality bill, just a few short years ago. I knew it was a historic moment. Due to the volume of legislation we introduce, members often delegate signature authority to a chief of staff or principal legislative staffer. With marriage equality, though, this was the kind of bill I was proud to personally sign. As with so many areas, however, we can always improve. I watched with interest a recent hearing on our Marriage Officiant Amendment Act. This bill, which I coauthored, provides residents of the District with the ability to select a marriage officiant of their choosing, without having to either attempt to navigate the courthouse, wedding party in tow, or else work through a religious organization. I think it is preferable for couples to be able to select a person of importance in their lives to perform their ceremony, rather than a person they may not know well or at all. Of course, there is more work to be done on the federal level and around the country. On March 26 and March 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments relating to marriage equality -- specifically, the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as California’s Proposition 8. To show community engagement on these historic issues, a rally in support of freedom and equality will be held by United for Marriage beginning at 8:30 a.m. on March 26, meeting outside the Supreme Court at First and East Capitol Streets, NE. I hope to see you there. Of course, my office is always available to help my constituents with these and any other D.C. issues.★

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Manhole Cover Pops; Cupcake Shop Evacuated A manhole cover exploded on 33rd Street near the C&O Canal and flamed briefly midmorning March 25. As a Pepco crew attended to short-circuited wires, the smell moved up the street. At 33rd and M Streets, a customer at Georgetown Cupcake smelled smoke. D.C. Fire & EMS responded to the report with a show of force, calling out trucks from Georgetown, the West End and U Street. More than 10 fire department trucks, SUVs and a hook-and-ladder lined M Street. Police closed one lane to traffic. “Maybe they burned the cupcakes,” said one passer-by at the intersection. A fire department official said neither smoke nor any gas leak had come from the bakery or buildings at the corner but was from the blown-out manhole down 33rd Street. Soon enough, it was all over, and the shop reopened.

Canal Road Repairs to Close Sections Now and Beyond According to the National Park Service and DDOT Trees, Canal Road will close between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue, NW, beginning tomorrow, March 26, through Thursday, March 28, for scheduled road work. A longer project is also slated to begin this

week: repairs at the bridge over the C&O Canal and Canal Road at Arizona Avenue, NW, by the NPS. Reconstruction of the bridge will also close the Capital Crescent Trail at times; bicycle traffic will be detoured over a temporary bridge. According to the NPS, expect a night time road closure of Canal Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., between Arizona Avenue and Clara Barton Parkway.

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Out: Pink Smile Pink Smile, the frozen yogurt shop at 1332 Wisconsin Ave., NW, only open for several months, has abruptly closed.★

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Dumbarton House Benefit Auction original works of art currently on exhibit in the museum will be auctioned off by Bonhams. Reception at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; tickets $100; www.DumbartonHouse.org

Sat., April 6 25th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Join volunteers in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia to help clean up and restore the river. 9 a.m. to noon; to register, visit www.PotomacCleanup.org.

Sat., April 27 St. John’s Georgetown House Tour Featuring nine of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes and gardens. Includes Parish Tea in Blake Hall at St. John’s Church; 10 a.m. Individual tickets, $45. For information, visit www.GeorgetownHouseTour.com

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he days are getting longer. The weather will get warmer, and school will be out soon enough. It’s the time of year when parents are deciding how their child will spend their summer vacation. Instead of lounging around the house, take a look at some of the summer camps offered in the area. No matter what a child’s interest may be, from technology to theater, there is a camp for them. Be sure to sign up soon because sessions are filling up, some even offer discounts for early registration. Whether it’s a half-day or full day program, most camps are offering before and after care for an additional cost, check with specific camps for details.

Levine School Music and Art Day Camp www.levineschool.org, (202) 686-8000 Where: Campuses in D.C. (2801 Upton St. NW), Strathmore in Bethesda, Md., and Arlington, Va. When: Sessions from June 24-July 12 and July 15-August 2 with both half-day and full-day programs. Rates: $1,170 full day tuition, $810 half-day tuition This year’s theme for the popular summer program at Levine school of music is Water, Water Everywhere. Students, ages 3 1/2 to 12, will use the theme to actively learn music, dance, stories, games, and arts from various cultures, as well as get hands on exposure to classical instruments

taught by Levine school faculty.

Georgetown University Summer Day Camp at Yates Field House www.yates.georgetown.edu, (202) 687-2400 Where: Centered at Georgetown University at Yates Field House. When: Six week long sessions, the first beginning June 24 and the last starting July 20 Rates: $280 for Yates members and $380 for nonmembers before May 1. Prices increase to $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers after May 1. The comprehensive day-long camp, centered at Yates Field House and Kehoe Field, offers campers ages 6-10 activities including swimming at McCarthy Pool, team-based games, arts and crafts, talent shows and much more.

Sidwell Friends School Summer Camps classic.sidwell.edu/summer, (202) 537-8133 Where: D.C. Campus (3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW) and Bethesda Campus. When: Week and two week long sessions are offered in full-day and half day increments. Beginning June 10, with the last session beginning August 5. Rates: Prices vary depending on camp. Sidwell Friends School offers an array of camps for children ages 3 1/2 years old to 12th grade. Camps vary from academic enrichment, specific sports, cultural exploration, adventure

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camp, and workshop-based programs. Specialty camps include Lego engineering, handwork, and machine sewing camps. No matter a child’s interest, Sidwell Friends School has a program to meet every child’s needs.

Tudor Place Summer History Camp www.tudorplace.org/camp.html, (202) 965-0400 Where: Tudor Place (1644 31st Street NW) and Dumbarton House (2715 Q Street NW) When: Week-long sessions begin July 22, with the last session starting August 12. Rates: $175 per session for members, $190 for non-members. For the young ones, ages 4-10, Tudor Place offers a half day camp (9 a.m. - noon) that throws campers head on into the history of Tudor Place and Dumbarton House. Campers walk in the footsteps of past Georgetowners by going on scavenger hunts through the historic houses, explore crafts of the past, dress in period costumes, and conduct archaeological digs.

Camp Shakespeare www.shakespearetheatre.org, (202) 547-5688 Where: STC Rehearsal Studio, 516 & 507 8th Street SE, camps also offered in Silver Spring, Md. and McLean, Va. When: Two-week intensives June 17-August 10 and three week advanced camp July 1-July 20. Rates: $725 for two-week intensive, $1,100 for three-week advanced camp. A full day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) camp separated into three age groups, campers age 9-18 develop talents, build confidence, and deepen their understanding of the work of William Shakespeare. Students study classic acting techniques, stage combat, voice and movement techniques, and improvisation. Campers put on productions and performances on Saturday mornings.

Anna Banana Arts & Crafts www.annabananaartsandcrafts.com, (202) 248-0661 Where: Anna Banana Arts & Crafts studio, 3270 S Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007 When: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rates: $300 per week Campers will explore the bounty of art and nature in the studio and on our daily excursion to lovely and close-by Montrose Park for a snack, en plein air painting and play time. In the studio,

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children age 4-8 will explore materials such as clay, paint, pastel and others. Medium include photography, sculpture, painting and print making. We will use the nature around us to inspire art and craft projects. Campers will enjoy the light-filled and relaxed studio atmosphere where we listen to music while creating masterpieces. Campers bring their own bag lunch and a snack.

Beauvoir Summer summer.beauvoirschool.org, Where: 3500 Woodley Road, NW Washinton, DC 20016 , 202-537-6485 When: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays Rates: Rates vary depending on age. Beauvoir understands the role that play— specifically outdoor play—has in early childhood education, and just how important that role is. This year, the camp introduces, Beauvoir Outdoors, a unique outdoor play space with lots of educational value. While all of our camps will take advantage of the Beauvoir Outdoors as the wonderful play space it is, two camps were designed specifically to expose campers to the many challenges and opportunities that await them outside that door. These camps are Nature Navigators (for 4–6 year olds) and Outdoor Adventures (for 7–10 year olds). ★

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In Bloom S P R I N G G A L A FA S H I O N B Y A L E O N A I S A K O VA P H O TO G R A P H Y B Y Y V O N N E TAY L O R

This season, soft colors draw the eye without raising a ruckus. These gowns’ soft pastels and floral details capture the spirit of a season that, in Washington, is taking more time to come than we often expect. Aelona Isakova is a Russian-born couture designer now living in Alexandria, Va. She says her calling in life is to worship God through art and fashion and to inspire others. Her work has shown internationally in Jerusalem, Sydney Fashion Week and Saint Petersburg as well as the Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University. To view more of her work, visit Aleonart. redbubble.com.

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IN COUNTRY

The Very Thing, Haymarket’s Consignments BY PATR IC IA D ALY- L IPE ay I introduce you to The Very Thing... For Her? Yes, that is the name of a new place to shop in the town of Haymarket, Virginia. Truly, it is worth the drive from Washington, Maryland or other parts of Virginia. The original store, The Very Thing, located next door, opened six years ago. Antiques, furniture, sports items, collectables of every kind are yours to find. There was another request, an upscale ladies consignment shop. Next to The Very Thing was a historical building, one of the first houses built after most of Haymarket was burned to the ground during the Civil War. Named the Hulfish House, it was constructed in 1874 by George Andrew Hulfish, a very successful merchant who became the first acting mayor of Haymarket when the town was incorporated in 1882. When the village of Haymarket was burned in 1862, Hulfish was only 15 years old and was working as a blacksmith in his father’s carriage shop. His father, Garrett Hulfish, a native of New Jersey, had moved to Haymarket in the mid-1840s. Sadly, it was Garrett’s house and carriage shop that were the first buildings set on fire by the Union troops. This year, the town of Haymarket renovated the Hulfish house then leased it to the owner of

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The Very Thing, Doris Buck. The Very Thing...For Her takes up the entire historical house. Lisa Dalby, the manager, along with her associate, Stacy Curran, tell me they are very particular about the clothes they consign from designer dresses, coats, sweaters to handbags, jewelry and shoes. Consignments are accepted by appointment only. Located at 6630 Jefferson St., Haymarket, Virginia, The Very Thing...For Her has parking and is easily


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IN COUNTRY CALENDAR: APRIL 6, 7, 8

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Annual Earth Day Celebration and Spring Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Kim Kennedy Ingalls for more information at haymarketfun@aol. com or visit www.haymarketfun.com accessed from Route 66’s Haymarket exit. Their phone number is (703) 743-1494. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. I strongly suggest you plan on visiting both stores, especially during the holidays. The perfect gift? Yes. The perfect attire for her? Yes. Unique and tasteful? Most certainly. ★

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FOOD & WINE

Let’s Do Lunch:

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or this issue’s lunch, we stayed close to home and went to Café Bonaparte, a Georgetown favorite that first opened its doors in 2003. On a chilly Friday afternoon, it was packed and buzzing with people dining. The café does not take reservations, so be prepared. We were impressed by their well-selected wine list and personal service. We tried the full gamut of the menu, including delicious mussels, asparagus risotto, calamari, French onion soup, and, of course, crepes. From the French fries and French onion soup to the last drop of the French press, we loved Café Bonaparte. Finally, we sampled three different desserts, the best of which was--the Napoleon--coinidentally the name of Cafe Bonaparte’s sister restaurant, Napoleon Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan. Another restaurant, Malmaison, specializing in music and art, will be opening soon at 3401 K St., NW.

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For more information on Café Bonaparte, call (202) 333-8830 or visit NapoleonDC.com. Café Bonaparte, 1522 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Photo provided by Cafe Bonaparte Photo by Jen Merino Photo by Jen Merino

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Easter Brunch Guide BY N ICO DODD

Easter Brunch Guide

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

Peacock Cafe

Tabard Inn

1789 Restaurant 1226 36th St. NW Washington, D.C. (202) 965-1789. Easter Day brunch includes a guest appearance of the Easter Bunny at each table delivering candy for children. Celebrate the holiday with a festive three-course brunch or an a la carte dinner. Entree prices range from $28-36.

1737 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 333-0111. Bistrot Lepic is offering an Easter Brunch special priced at $49.95.

3251 Prospect St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 625-2740. Peacock Café will be offering its regular brunch menu.

1739 N St. NW Washington, DC (202) 8332668. A la carte Easter brunch in a quaint hotel setting near the White House.

Cafe Milano

Tombs

Bistro Vivant

3251 Prospect St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 333-6183. Easter brunch, made to order omelets and Italian cuisine, $95 per adult, $25 ages 6-12.

1226 36th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 3376668. Don’t forget about free coffee cake on Sundays at Tombs.

Chadwick’s

Adour at St. Regis

1394 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, VA (703) 356-1700. A la carte menu with Easter specials. Prices range from $12 to $22 for appetizers, $24 to $26 for entrées and $11 to $12 for desserts.

3205 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 3332565. Chadwick’s offers Sunday brunch from 11:3 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. priced at $22. Be sure to make reservations.

923 16th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 5098000. Four-course menu $90 per person, $40 per child.

Billy Martin’s Tavern

Clyde’s of Georgetown

1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 333-7370. Martin’s will be offering a special Easter brunch menu for $30 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

3236 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 3339180. Clyde’s will be offering its regular brunch menu as well as spring menu items.

The Fairmont Washington DC. 2401 M St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 429-2400. Easter brunch buffet, $99 per adult; $49.50 per child age 6-12.

Al Dente 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 244-2223. Al Dente is offering a family style menu for $39.95 that includes first and second courses, an entrée and dessert. The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bistro Francais 3124-48 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 338-3830. Celebrate Easter at Bistro Francais with Champagne Brunch a la carte 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Regular menu also available for both Lunch & Dinner

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Nick’s Riverside Grill 3050 K Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20007. (202) 342-3535. Nick’s Riverside Grill will be offering a two course, prix fixe brunch for $18.95 that includes two courses. Available from 11-3 p.m.

The Colonnade

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Breath of Fresh Air: Pastor Camille Murray BY G ARY T ISCHL ER To some minds, Easter seems like an easy sermon for any Christian minister, priest or even motivational speaker. This particular Sunday is rich with the resonant metaphors and reality of resurrection, of rising again. Still, so rich a palate could present a challenge for the making of sermons. You wonder how the Reverend Camille Cook Murray at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church will deal with it at a time when not just Catholics but Presbyterians and the whole denominational spectrum of Christendom and the community of faith rejoice in Easter--along with the arrival of a new pope--in perilous times. You can guess that the Rev. Murray, who has rejuvenated one of Washington’s oldest religious communities and congregations with her youth, intelligence and connectivity since becoming its pastor in 2010 will find ways to bring in heaven and earth and stories, communities both celestial and just around the corner. “In scripture, we find that the apostles were told that the tomb was open, and they ran to the tomb, because they wanted to see for themselves,” Murray said. “And this is what we must do with faith in our time—we can’t simply adopt it because our parents or our grandparents did. It is something we must come to see, discover, feel and live for ourselves. I am calling my sermon, ‘Seeing for Myself.’ “ Since her arrival in 2010, the church and

Murray herself (her maiden name is Cook) have been blessed with major and positive changes. Her youthful presence—she is 31-years-old but looks younger—and her outward looking, embracing vision matched to an impressive intellect and resume—have buoyed the historic and venerable congregation to a notable increase in membership, many of them skewing younger. Murray herself had a notable change in her life: she married Scotsman Rodney Murray the summer of 2012, and they now own a house in Georgetown. I suspect talking theology with Murray would be both stimulating and challenging because as senior pastor, she’s seems both obviously spiritual and grounded, philosophical and pragmatic. She is passionate about running and reminds you that she ran in the recent Rock and Roll marathon. “Three hours, 54 minutes,” she says emphatically. The healthy athleticism probably stems from growing up in Minnesota with three brothers. The outward-reaching aspects of her vision probably comes from her parents—her father came from a Presbyterian family, her mother’s was Roman Catholic. She studied medicine at Vanderbilt University, changed her major and life and enrolled in the Princeton Theological Seminary. She spent time at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, had a year at Oxford University and after being ordained was appointed associate minis-

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ter at St. Columba’s Church in London in 2007. Her professional story line is impressive, but it’s her vision that must have been just as telling to others. Last year, at Eastertide, she outlined her vision to the congregation which included this: “I imagine our church being a place for its people to see God, minister to each other and reach out to others in the world.” Georgetown Presbyterian Church dates back to 1780, and venerable is a good word for the solid church at 3115 P St., NW. But if you should take in a Sunday service as we did last summer, you note that how the venerable is part of a seamless tapestry not just of history but of the present. Sitting in the back, you notice the presence of numerous young children, who are restless with the spirit of just being there and you see former public officials, including an attorney general, a secretary of defense, a national security adviser. “This is part of the history of this congregation, that it’s members believe in service and live a life of service,” Murray said. Just from reading a series of titles of her sermons, it’s hard not to see that you are entering territory that claims the transcendent and the prosaic as kin. That kinship provides both energy and solace. It can call you home. Or, the case of Pastor Murray, it can breathe new life into a church that she makes feel like home. ★

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3000 K St. NW (One block from Georgetown AMC Loews Georgetown 14) Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering.

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1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW Captivating customers since 2003, Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C.! Other can’t miss attractions are, the famous weekend brunch every Sat. and Sun. until 3pm, our late-night weekend hours serving sweet and savory crepes until 1 a.m., Fri-Sat evenings and the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30pm. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon! www.cafebonaparte.com

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3251 Prospect St. NW Authentic Thai food in the heart of Georgetown. The warm atmosphere, attentive service, and variety of wines and cocktails in this contemporary establishment only add to the rich culture and authentic cuisine inspired by Thailand. With an array of authentic dishes, from Lahb Gai (spicy chicken salad) and Pad Thai, to contemporary dishes like Panang soft shell crab and papaya salad, the dynamic menu and spectacular drinks will have you coming back time and time again. HAPPY HOUR 3:30PM - 6PM www.maithai.com

3251 Prospect St. NW Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life. The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington, D.C. is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, D.C. — a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm

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3124-28 M St. NW A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken), Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es), Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com

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1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time and is now celebrating 30 years. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s foods of today, executed by our award winning Italian Chef. Try our spectacular Lunch buffet on Fri. & Saturdays or our Sunday Brunch, Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. www.filomena.com

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3000 K St. NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html

1201 F St. NW Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in D.C., “this cosmopolitan” send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-5pm. Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm, Fri & Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com

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Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships BY STA CY NOTA RAS M U R P H Y DEAR STACY: I think I said something wrong and now my friend’s therapist is mad at me. Long story short, my friend is trying to get pregnant and has had her second IVF failure. I have three kids and we are trying for No. 4. Over lunch the other week I tried to explain that I completely understand her longing for that first baby, because I feel the same way in my longing for this one. Looking back, I think she kind of shut down the conversation at that point. Well, fastforward to this week when I confront her about not returning my calls and texts, she tells me she is “setting a boundary” because her therapist said she should. I don’t get this at all. Why would her therapist try to cut her off from her support system? What can I do to get back into her good graces? –Wants to Fix It DEAR FIX IT, Give me a second while I get my gaping mouth to close. Dear, dear, dear one. Her therapist is not “mad” at you – or at least, that’s not why she told Friend to set a boundary. The therapist may have advised Friend to set boundaries so that she is not triggered by people who suffer from tone deafness – and my dear, that’s you. I can imagine that you were completely genuine in your suggestion that one person wishing for a first child has much in common with another person wishing for a fourth. In fact, I am sure you meant it in the very best way possible, as a way of bonding the two of you together in this life experience, but you aren’t on the same page – not by a longshot. Let’s both imagine Friend’s deep grief and utter shock that a mother-of-three might liken her circumstances to one actively struggling to become a mother-of-any. I do not mean to minimize your pain (not even in the slightest), this is just an apples to oranges situation – strike that – it’s an apples to a single, solitary orange situation. Let’s shift this for a moment and focus on the very normal, yet often misguided way we humans often try to crowd into another person’s experience as a way of building intimacy. Sometimes, that backfires and people get IN-HOUSE PERIODONIST

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Joy Zinoman Returns to Studio Theatre for ‘4000 Miles’ BY GA RY T ISCHL ER

J

oy Zinoman, looking very cool in various shades of black and gray, was sitting on a couch on the second floor of the Studio Theater recently near a window that overlooked a bustling flow of traffic on 14th Street, a bank, numerous shops that hadn’t been there back in the day, all the signs of neighborhood transformation that she and the Studio Theatre had helped shape. She didn’t dwell on it. She just took it in. Zinoman, who founded of the Studio Theatre in 1978 and was its artistic director until she announced her retirement in 2010, was back. She never really left, of course, since she still teaches here in the Studio Acting Conservatory, but now she is back to direct. In an interview with the Metro Weekly after her retirement, she was asked if she would direct in the future at the Studio. “If the play is right, and they offer me enough money,” she said. It looks as if the play is right. “4000 Miles”, by rising young playwright Amy Herzog, who was the subject of a feature profile in Time Magazine’s Culture section recently, is the thing, for sure. “David [artistic director David Muse] asked me if I wanted to direct this play, so I read it, and I was just drawn to it. It’s perfect for me and the Studio. It’s powerful, intimate, and completely unsentimental. It’s a generational play because the main characters are a young man who visits, then stays with his 91-year-old grandmother in Greenwich Village. Amy drew the character from her own grandmother. Then there’s Tana, getting a chance to work with Tana Hicken.” Hicken, of course, is one of Washington theater’s most consummate, unfailingly excellent actresses, a company member at Arena Stage when it sported arguably the country’s outstanding repertoire company, as well as gracing Washington stages in major and memorable parts for decades. Zinoman and Hicken last worked together when Zinoman and Studio mounted Athol Fugard’s moving “The Road to Mecca” with Holly Twyford. In the intimate spaces of the Mead Theatre, that production measured up to and perhaps surpassed the original production seen at the Eisenhower Theater many years ago with Fugard himself and Kathy Bates. “Tana is a joy to work with, it’s like coming home,” Zinoman said. Indeed, talking with Zinoman and watching her as Muse came by to say hello, as well as a costume designer and members of the staff here, there was an air of homecoming. Zinoman had been rehearsing for days already, so it was not like a “look who’s here” kind of thing. Rather, there was a feeling of professional and personal pride that a founder might have, that the place was solid and on sure footing. “It’s not like you stop in theater. You don’t just retreat,” Zinoman said. “When I announced my retirement, it was with the idea of not so much leaving, but retiring when you’re still doing your best. And I didn’t want to hang around—there’s a great temptation there, you know, to do that, and I didn’t want to do that. So we traveled, a lot. We lived in Italy for a while,

and that was getting away from it. You couldn’t accidentally stop by.” She has, of course, a rich family life—she travels with her husband Murray, a retired state department official, they have three grown children with lives of their own, and careers of their own, and she is a very proud grandmother of four grandchildren. “You cannot imagine how wonderful that is, being a grandmother, I love it,” she said. Mind you, she’s not being gushy here, although she’s entitled, she’s just stating a fact not so matterof-factly. “Herzog is phenomenal, it’s a great play for me to be doing,” she said. “I also love teaching here, there’s a continuity to all that.” Plus, she did “Sounding Beckett”, an unusual production of three short plays by Samuel Beckett with musical composition and performance by the Cygnus Ensemble at the Classic Stage Company in New York. “It was a terrific experience, it was a challenge, and we had Ted, Philip and Holly.” That would be Ted van Griethuysen, Philip Goodwin and Holly Twyford and Zinoman’s informality speaks to her reputation as an actor’s director—and perhaps also a designer’s and theater people’s director. “I think in terms of the actors, that’s true but I’ve worked with so many really gifted actors— and that’s why working with Tana is so important to me in this production,” she said. This is about the time that a conversation with Zinoman turns into a memory play, a parade of actors, designers, partners in time like Russell Metheny, playwrights and plays because, barring kinescope and videos, that’s what we have of plays, their remembered affects and effects. When “The Slab Boy Trilogy”, a set of three plays rich with British working class characters which she brought to Studio a number of years ago came up in our talk, she smiled. “Oh, Slab Boys, they were wonderful plays,” she said, sounding then like someone remembering the brilliant and fully-formed antics of a favored child. Actors have a special place here—you can practically recite the parade from memory—Jon Tindle, van Griethuysen, Goodwin, Twyford, Nancy Robinette, Sarah Marshall, June Hansen, Floyd King, just to name a few, and, of course, Tana Hicken. Hicken sounds surprised at being considered a star in the firmament of Washington actors, although she understands it. “My husband Donald and I have lived in Baltimore for years, and that’s what we consider home.” He

heads the Baltimore School for the Arts and is a prominent director and directed his wife in the one-person play “The Belle of Amherst” about Emily Dickinson. Yet, it’s also true that Washingtonians have been blessed with an accumulated avalance of fine performances from Hicken, working at Arena as part of the repertoire company until it was disbanded, at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, at Theater J, at Everyman Theatre, and at Studio. “It’s always rewarding to be working with Joy,” she said. “And what I love about this play, is that, well, it’s really very funny. I don’t mean to say it’s a comedy, it has serious themes, beautiful writing, but it is also very funny, in spite of its seriousness. I just did a prevue and luckily the audience seems to get it, they laugh. But I’m surrounded by young actors, which makes the play resonate strongly.” If your mind contained vivid memories of performances in the Washington theater, you’d be surprised to find how often Hicken pops up—in Shakespeare, in Chekhov, as the flinty grandmother (again with Twyford in “Lost in Yonkers”, in a searing, lost performance in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and one recalls for some reason, as the person who sums up and ties together all the improbable, frayed loose threads at the end of The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “The Comedy of Errors”. Very funny indeed.★ “4000 Miles” is currently playing at the Studio’s Mead Theatre.

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Spring into the National Children’s Museum BY G W ENDOLY N SHEA R M A N

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ow that spring is upon the capital city and parents are looking for activities to entertain the little ones, consider a visit to the National Children’s Museum. The new museum picks up where the Capital Children’s Museum left off when it closed its doors in 2004 after Congress designated and renamed it as the only nationally recognized cultural and educational museum devoted to children. Relocated to National Harbor, Md., the new, interactive 18,000 square foot museum is designed with children ages eight-years-old and under in mind. “One of the things we do is promote child directed, open-ended play,” said NCM president, Willard Whitson. “All of our exhibits allow kids to create their own narrative.” The museum includes two exhibits designed with specific age groups in mind. The 3 & Under gallery aims to help little ones develop and discover their fine motor skills and stimulate their senses. Babies ages one year and younger can experience the gallery’s Infant and Crawler Zone,

while toddlers can engage in “pretend play” and navigate climbing structures surrounded the classic Sesame Street characters. “We have a significant partnership with Sesame workshop, evident in the 3 & under,” said Whitson “They helped develop other areas in the museum. It’s the home for Sesame Street in the D.C. area.” The Our World gallery invites older children (ages 3 to 8) to explore community and the world around them with interactive exhibits. Visitors can actively engage in their own hypothetical community through the My Town exhibits that features a pizza parlor and a campaign center. The other exhibits, Map Zone and World Cultures, uses touchscreens and collaborative maps to show kids the similarities and differences between global societies. Whitson says the exhibits aim to inspire children to use their imagination and learn to play cooperatively. “We provide the props and sets for them to interact in a different way every time they visit,” said Whitson. “The purpose of that is to show we have common needs but there is a diverse ways we meet those needs.” In addition to the galleries, NCM houses a

130-seat theatre that presents original productions by the in-house theater company, as well as guest performances. The NCMs Center for Learning and Innovation, winner of the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children, presents educational programs that reflect the core initiatives of the museum, including literacy, culture and art, health and wellness, and global citizenship. The museum also offers a Free Family Night sponsored by GEICO the third week of

each month that includes free admission to the museum and themed hands-on activities. Since opening its doors on December 14, 2012, NCM has welcomed approximately 65,000 visitors and anticipates 200,000 visitors annually. Open seven days a week, admission to the museum is $10 and parking is available in the National Harbor’s parking garage. For information on hours or to plan your trip, visit (note website url) www.ncm.museum.★

Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet at the Phillips Collection BY ARI POS T

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bstract Expressionism is forever the American art movement. Like the myth of the Old West, with its solitary heroes and uncompromising visions of greatness, it has become an archetype of the freedom, boldness and gut instinct brilliance that, despite doubts, convolutions and conflicting social mores, is synonymous with our Land of the Free. Among the mystifying surface aspects of Abstract Expressionism, and one that also borrows from the Wild West playbook, is the seeming lack of narrative convention. It alludes to an intelligence of history from which it stands drastically apart, searching in its wildness for something new and bountiful that lies beyond the horizon. There are many artistic predecessors of Abstract Expressionism—from the Russian painters Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich, to the European surrealists and early American modernists like Arthur Dove—but for much of the American public around 1950 who had not been privy to this work, it was a cultural ambush. Picasso was still the apex of contemporary, and French Impressionism was still perfectly in fashion. Then Jackson Pollock walked through the door with his cowboy’s swagger and a cigarette dangling from his mouth like a weathervane and began flinging paint like he was fighting off demons. The creative force of Abstract Expressionism impelled the global shift of artistic prominence from Europe to the United States, and its singular significance in shaping postwar American culture is widely noted. What is less broadly discussed, but equally important, is the movement’s effects on Europe, which up until then had been sole sovereign of its artistic legacy since before the Roman Empire.

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At the Phillips Collection through May 12, “Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet,” examines this transcontinental arc with a gorgeous exhibit that focuses on the relationship and mutual artistic influence between Pollock (1912-1956), the French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901-85), and Alfonso Ossorio

Ossorio, Perpetual Sacrifice 1949

(1916-1990), a lesser known American painter and collector who served as conduit and liaison. Featuring major works by all three artists, as well as ample prints, drawings and works on paper, “Angels, Demons and Savages” takes its audience into the rapidly evolving process of these artists during the postwar period of 1945 to 1958. The great thing about Pollock’s representation in this show is how clearly his process and influences are displayed. Pollock has become an artistic entity since his death, referenced more frequently as a signifier than a painter. Here he is shown not as Pollock the myth, but as Pollock the artist, with drawings, prints and collages exhibiting a deeper contemplation and calculation behind his work than his adulated drip paintings allow. A small, untitled ink drawing shows a pawlike foot in the bottom corner spiraling out of a tornado-like black mass. Here Pollock’s exalted slashes and curls are more determined, coming not from the unrestrained momentum of a paintsopped mixing stick, but executed directly by hand. This and other stylized figurative works on paper illuminate his ongoing pursuit of figural expression, as well as his compositional tendencies, which owe greatly to Eastern calligraphy and tapestries. It is worth noting, however, that Pollock’s large drip canvases on display are still among the most stunning painterly opuses ever created. They are even more powerful when displayed beside Dubuffet’s soil-deep landscapes. A master of surface texture and comic brutality, Dubuffet, with his signature “low art” art brut style, simultaneously lambasted and reinvigorated the European scene. Dubuffet littered his paints with sand, tar, rocks pebbles and other earthy materials, and his subject matter at

the time walked a fine line between abstraction and visual mockery. The result was as if all the landscapes and portrait studies from the previous centuries were scorched and burned, and all that remained were ashes and mutilated fragments, completely unraveled and deformed. More so than Pollock or Dubuffet, Ossorio is was driven to implement his philosophy and intellect directly into his work. Like the surrealists that influenced him, he was interested in the idea of art as actively permeating the subconscious. He was a technical dynamo—he worked as a medical illustrator during the war—and his smaller works are like ghoulish illustrations. His paintings, whether figurative or abstract, are like gaping holes in the earth, out from which the core boils. He contained and manipulated his expressions and gestures impressively, turning drips into faces or bodies, as if taming an explosion. Early into their developments, Pollock, Dubuffet and Ossorio all mastered the understanding of a structure and insistency that thread their oeuvres together. There is a successful suggestion, if nebulous, that finds the proper marriage of mood, color, tone and style. The artistic and conversational exchanges between these three artists can be traced throughout the rest of cultural history up until now—our collective appreciation of overcoming traditional boundaries and ceaseless interest in innovation that has now reached a subliminal level can probably find its roots in the unpredictable art of the 1950s. As the focal point of the art world shifted from Europe to America, the exchange between these protagonists helped bridge the ever-widening gap between the continents and paved the road for generations to come. ★ “Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet” at the Phillips through May 12.


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RAMMY Award Nominees

BY MARY BIRD The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced the finalists for the “Oscars of D.C. Restaurants” at a March 19 event at the Hamilton emceed by Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly of Fresh FM.” The annual restaurant awards will be bestowed at the gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on June 23. This year’s theme is “Restaurants in Bloom.” Incoming RAMW President Kathy Hollinger hailed the individuals who have made D.C. a “dining destination” and recognized Clyde’s of Georgetown with the Milestone Award for 50 years of continuous operation. The awards recognize excellence in 16 categories including Casual Dining and New Chef of the Year. The public votes on three categories including HotRasika Group executive chef Vikram Sunderam test Restaurant Bar Scene.

Birch and Barley chef Kyle Bailey and general manager Erik Bergman

Radio personalities Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly

Noche de Estrellas

BY MARY BIRD GALA Hispanic Theatre hosted its annual Noche de Estrellas event on Mar. 12 to honor artistic and civic leaders. Awardees were Betti Brown, founding executive director of the Helen Hayes Awards; Candace Kattar, Founder of Identity, Inc., and Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, who expressed his appreciation for “ensuring that there is a Latin voice at the table.” Guests enjoyed a sangria reception, live and silent auctions and performances by flamenco star Edwin Aparicio and GALA’s Paso Nuevo youth among others. Proceeds support Paso Nuevo, GALA’s arts and academic enrichment program for at-risk Latino teens. Zev Remba and theatreWashington CEO Linda Levy Grossman

Miss D.C. Latina Gilda Villela and GALA Executive Director Rebecca Medrano; honoree Septime Webre, artistic director of The Washington Ballet

Helen Hayes Awards Nominees Feted BY M ARY BIR D Helen Hayes Awards nominees and supporters gathered at the Hamilton on March 18 to celebrate their fellow actors, directors, designers, choreographers and producers. TheatreWashington board chair Victor Shargai thanked John and Ginger Latham of the Hamilton and said, “I am so proud to of this community.” He urged, “I want more actors working, designers designing and musicians ‘musicianing.’ ” President and CEO Linda Levy Grossman told the nominees in 26 categories, “We believe in you, in your work in the greater power of the theatre.” The 29th Helen Hayes Awards will be held at the Warner Theatre and JW Marriott Hotel on April 8.

TheatreWashington board chair Victor Shargai and Donna Migliaccio

TheatreWashington Board Member Glen Howard, Erin Driscoll and James Gardiner

Institute for Education: Breakfast with Mayor Gray BY M ARY BIR D Mayor Vincent Gray was the guest speaker at the recent Institute for Education’s “Info Breakfast,” hosted by Ambassador of Finland Ritva Koukku-Ronde. The mayor hailed his administration’s newly released District Sustainability Plan as an example of how the District is moving forward. The Embassy of Finland was the first among 60 embassies that have now signed a sustainability pledge as have all the District’s colleges and universities. For 22 years, the IFE has held regular public policy roundtable discussions with notable public figures in a non-partisan venue to promote the organization’s mission of recognizing and promoting civility and leadership.

Luxembourg Ambassador Jean-Louis Wolzfeld, Mayor Vincent Gray, Ambassador of Finland Koukku-Ronde, photo by Kyle Samperton

IFE Fellows Joanne Ke and Leah Bannon, photo by Kyle Samperton

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Women & Wine VIII BY MARY BIRD On March 11, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center brought several hundred D.C. top business women together for a cancer briefing followed by Women & Wine, a cocktail reception and silent auction at the Four Seasons Hotel. Proceeds will support breast cancer research at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Baker Tilly and Brandywine Realty Trust were presenting sponsors with Greta Kreuz of ABC 7 News as honorary chair. Georgetown Lombardi is the only comprehensive cancer center in the D.C. area, designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Frederica Valanos and Lisa Lambert

American Irish Fund: Irish PM Touts ‘Celtic Comeback’ BY R OBERT D EVAN EY As per a Washington St. Patrick’s Day tradition, Irish Prime Minister (An Taoiseach) Edna Kenny was in town to meet President Barack Obama and others, especially those of Irish descent. The American Irish Fund met March 18 at the National Building Museum to honor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Daniel Rooney and Irish Ambassador Michael Collins. Before a performance by flautist James Galway, Kenny touted a “celtic comeback” for Ireland.

Elizabeth Bagley with her mother Rosemary Frawley.

Beth Eirich, Jany Dor, Diane Brown and Jocely Greenan

Embassy Chef Challenge

BY MARY BIRD Chef Nathan Bates of the Embassy of New Zealand is the first chef to win in all three categories: Challenge Hungary, a preliminary “Top Chef”-like competition; The Judge’s choice and People’s Choice awards. Bates served his garnished roast lamb cutlet to more than 450 guests, including “Top Chef All-Star” chef Carla Hill at Cultural Tourism’s Fifth Annual Embassy Chef Challenge at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 14. The event promotes diplomacy and celebrates arts, culture and heritage by supporting the organization’s free programs and events. Benefit chair Shahin Mafi introduced a video honoring the event’s first gala chair, the late elegant Pat Skantze, and introducing the Pat Skantze Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Feehery, Susanna Quinn, Marie Collins and Jack Quinn.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Edna Kenny, flanked by Rep. Richard Neal, R-Mass., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

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Pink Tie Party: It’s All About the Cherries

BY KEL L EY HUDA K Cold may have lingered, but the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party at the Renaissance Hotel March 20 was hot. And while the bloom date of the Tidal Basin’s famous cherry trees was pushed back, cherries were incorporated into the small plates offered by 30 participating D.C. restaurants. Miami chef Lorena Garcia was the chef of honor and celebrated by dancing the night away with her staff and attendees to music by DJ Heather Femia. Event staff outfits were donated by Lilly Pulitzer, and Escada debuted a new limited-edition scent for spring, called “Cherry in the Air.” Other sponsors included Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and Chandon Champagne.

‘Celebration of Hope’ Gala BY M ARY BIR D The sixth Celebration of Hope Gala at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., on March 21 honored Nancy and Scott Ogden with the Celebration of Hope Award and the Commercial Restoration Group of Cheverly, Md., with the Partnership Award. Scott chairs and Commercial Restoration Group sponsors the Hope Connections Annual Golf Tournament which has raised more than $300,000. Scott said with conviction, We have the finest cancer support organization anywhere.” Since it opened in Bethesda, Md., in 2007, Hope Connections for Cancer Support has assisted people affected by cancer through support groups, educational workshops, mind/body classes and community programs. The organization has a 19-member working board of directors and a 17-member medical advisory board.

Bob Fleshner and Lisa Garfinkel

Escada’s Erika Wirtz, Sucampo’s Ryuji Ueno and Sachiko Kuno and P&G Prestige’s Lisa Kessler.

Chef Lorena Garcia danced the Cupid Shuffle with Cherry Blossom Festival volunteer Pamala Jafari and with her personal assistant Luis Corrales.

Chris and Aisha Holland

Divya Bali and Tim Foster

Latino Student Fund BY MARY BIRD Ambassador of Peru and Mrs. Harold Forsyth were Diplomatic Chairs for the Latino Student Fund’s 13th Annual Gala at the Organization of American States on March 13. Design Cuisine’s Peruvian-themed dinner included corvina ceviche and grilled sea bass. Board chair and co-founder Rosalia G-H Miller said hard work and smart work are the “heart and soul of this organization.” The mission of the LSF is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for pre K-12 students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership.

Angela Franco and Lizette Corro

Charlotte Cameron Marshall, Andrea Siciliano, Carmela Alves and Alice Pereira

Mandy and Mitchell Delk

Teri Galvez and Rafael Toro

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